One of the first things people notice about us is our smile. But when we’re uncomfortable with our smile, it can affect our self-confidence. In fact, according to a 2014 study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Add in chronic pain, and there’s often little to smile about. That’s the situation Jennifer found herself in.
“I was very unhappy with the appearance of my teeth and in constant pain,” Jennifer said.
Chronic headaches plagued Jennifer on a consistent basis. Embarrassed by the state of her teeth, she didn’t smile often and avoided talking to people as a way to hide her teeth.
“I never wanted to smile and was very careful with what I ate,” Jennifer said. “I didn’t socialize much because I didn’t want people to look at my teeth.”
With her wedding quickly approaching, she longed to have a smile that would make her feel normal and happy, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
“All [of the] dentists I was going to weren’t listening to me,” Jennifer said.
It’s a problem many patients encounter when selecting a dentist. Many dentists are unwilling to listen to their patients and involve them in the development of their own treatment plan. But after months of meticulous research and strike out after strike out with a slew of other dentists, Jennifer found Dr. Stefania Caracioni at Enchanted Smiles and decided that she was the right dentist for her.
“I read her qualifications on her website then I set-up a free consultation with her,” Jennifer said. “I felt very comfortable with her [because] she didn’t judge me.”
During her consultation, Dr. Caracioni discussed Jennifer’s concerns, determining what Jennifer’s priorities were and how best to address them. Dr. Caracioni took several x-rays and evaluated Jennifer’s oral health to develop the best course of action to get Jennifer the results she wanted. After the consultation, Dr. Caracioni and Jennifer developed a treatment plan together. Dr. Caracioni recommended tooth extractions, crowns, root canals and TMJ treatments to help treat Jennifer’s chronic headaches.
After completing her treatment plan, Jennifer has a renewed sense of self-confidence and a gorgeous new smile that she’s finally happy with and secure in. In addition to the dental procedures Dr. Caracioni performed, Jennifer also underwent TMJ treatments to alleviate her headaches and chronic pain. Both the dental procedures and TMJ treatments have made a world of difference for Jennifer. These days, she doesn’t hide her smile anymore, and her headaches are a thing of the past.
“I don’t think that if I would have gone to Dr. Caracioni, I would have received the treatment that I needed,” Jennifer said. “She and her staff treated me and addressed the issues and concerns that I had. If I wouldn’t have felt like they really cared about me, I don’t think I would have gotten the treatments done. The staff and the dentist were so amazing to me.”
Unhappy with the state of her smile and struggling with chronic headaches and pain, Jennifer searched long and hard to find a dentist that could address her dental concerns. After many failed consultations with dentists who she felt didn’t listen to her, she was hopeful when she met Dr. Caracioni. It proved to be a perfect match. Dr. Caracioni and the staff at Enchanted Smiles worked with Jennifer to answer her questions, develop a treatment plan and get her the smile of her dreams. Now THAT’S something to smile about.